Posted by Broose27 |
Sep 18, 2012 @ 02:10 AM | 2,471 Views
With bugger-all time to fly on weekends lately, I've spent a few nights fixing stuff up, so the events of a few weeks ago don't happen again.
New aileron servo in the Cub, new motor and esc in bro-in-law's ST-Models Cub, got the ASP 52 tuned and running sweet in the Blackhorse Eagle 40 (and flown a few times - love this plane), new prop and vibration gone in the little Hyperion Extra, new lipos broken in between the FMS warbirds before work, and the old Thunder Tiger Easy 40 trainer is back in the air with an OS 46la for windy CBF days.
Tomorrow will try out both Cubs before work, and Friday early will take the Sea Fury out for a spin, then next Sunday after the AFL GF hangover, looking forward to a big session with the lads, and some cleaning up.
Getting a wee bit excited about October 13-14 (we might as well call it October 12-14, cos most say they'll be rocking up a day early, plus a few of us locals are taking the Friday off anyway!)
Some great news with 5 sponsors now on the books, and a heap of electric heli interest from Melbourne. Likely to be some big Australian names in helicopters showing their stuff, plus a lot of first-time visitors to SHMAC from South Australia, which wil be great. Also this year there's no clash with another nearby fun fly, so a few blokes from Mildura will be able to attend as well.
If everything goes well, there's a chance a dedicated heli event could be established which would be awesome for the club and local region.
Our year would then be our own SHMAC Down fun fly in April, the AEFA's electric event in October, and a heli event somewhere in between, with us flying every weekend in between...
The field is about as bad as it gets right now, with windy weather preventing spraying the strips, but all things going well, that will happen in the next week and allow for a couple of clean-ups in the two weeks leading to the event. We are the absolute masters of leaving things to the last minute, but to be honest, that's part of the attraction of being in the club...
This weekend I've got a lot on, so I'll be flying Saturday afternoon, and giving some airtime to our two newest members to keep them keen. Both either have models or models on order, so by the time daylight savings gets here, they'll be fully into it.
Too much on lately with kids' stuff, so haven't done much flying, although I snuck out before work Monday with the bro-in-law for some lipos in the Hyperion Extra and the trusty SE5a (I'm just waiting for the ESC to cark it, but so far so good with the stock gear!!).
Yesterday was our first 'get your butts to the flying field, it's the first Sunday of the month' session.
5 regulars and two new members, plus a couple of families came out for a look, so not a bad afternoon.
Mine was less fun: despite checking everything on a few models over the last week, I discovered a stuffed aileron servo on the Cub, and the Eagle (which I'd test-flown the day before with the bigger 52 engine) wouldn't start.
Fortunately our two new members brought their models out so I got to have a few flights with a Hangar 9 PTS Mustang - not a bad concept at all - and a Sky Raider trainer.
Next key date is Sunday 7th October, when we get stuck into cleaning the fields and sheds for the October electric show.
In the meantime, there's some spraying to happen and some gathering of fuel for the tractor, and fixing these %$#@ issues with my models so no more wasted afternoons.
RC planes are my mid-life crisis that I was too lazy to have. Live and work in my hometown, which can be pretty cool sometimes. Great family at home, and hoping to drag the young bloke into the hobby using RC cars...
Swan Hill, Victoria
This is pretty much it, apart from a strong interest in Bundy during the warmer, colder and milder months.
Work for local council - but I've got a sense of humour.